Call it vintage, distressed or shabby chic, the imperfect look is here to stay. When stamping a sentiment or focal point, instead of using a neat and tidy block of colored cardstock, try using a swipe of inky color as a background.
You can stamp your stroke of color using Close to My Heart’s Brushstrokes stamp set, or use a sponge or paintbrush and an inkpad to create the look.
Another way to create a custom-sized swatch of color is by stamping with tape. I love this technique because it can be any size and it creates a perfectly “imperfect” look. Each impression will be slightly different and it gives you a slightly distressed image that works with many different styles, from modern to vintage.
Begin by tearing a strip of painter’s tape or masking tape. You can choose any length, although the long strips can be tricky to work with. Press the tape sticky side down onto an inkpad, using your fingertips to get the ink to transfer to the tape.
Next, position the tape onto your cardstock and lightly run your fingers over the tape. Depending on your tape color, you may be able to see the ink transfer. Watch for inky fingertips on your cardstock (you may want to have a baby wipe handy for cleaning fingers before pressing the ink onto the cardstock).
Don’t worry about getting every bit of ink transferred, this is where the imperfect part works for you.
Carefully remove the tape from your cardstock. I sometimes use the tip of my scissors or my craft knife to lift the corner of the tape first, if the edges won’t come up easily.
Now all you need to do is stamp your sentiment or focal point stamp over your inky stripe! This technique also works to create backgrounds and stripes.
Are you CURIOUS for more?
Learn more stamping techniques with common household items like tape, lids, rubber bands and more on my “Stamping with Homemade Stamps video on Curious. This video is part of a 10 part course that will teach you dozens of traditional and out-of-the-box techniques, from basic random stamping to masking techniques and more!
Visit Curious and check out my Start Stamping Course.